Musculoskeletal tumours are masses or lumps of tissue that develop in or spread to the musculoskeletal system as a result of abnormal and uncontrollable cell division. The musculoskeletal system includes the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and nerves.
Joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which the worn, damaged surfaces of the joint are removed and replaced with new artificial parts.
As an orthopaedic expert Michael Flint specialises in primary and revision hip and knee joint replacement. He is a recognised national expert in musculoskeletal tumour surgery.
Michael Flint is an experienced and skilled surgeon and one of the few proponents in New Zealand of Direct Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery,a minimally invasive muscle-sparing technique leading to faster rehabilitation, with less pain and a lower risk of dislocation than standard hip replacement techniques. He is also a proponent of robotic assisted knee replacement.
Computer navigation provides your surgeon with real-time 3-D images of your mapped knee and the surgical instruments during surgery. The data for the images is provided by infrared sensors fixed to the bones of the knee and surgical instruments. Their position is tracked by an infrared camera placed above the surgical table, which is connected to a computer. The computer then generates real-time images with the help of the appropriate software to guide your surgeon to precisely resurface and cut the bones of the knee, and fix the implant precisely and accurately according to the preoperative surgical plan.